first name


Definition of first name 

: the name that stands first in one's full name

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Examples of first name in a Sentence

Children at the school call their teachers by their first names. the parents still haven't picked a first name for the baby

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Both asked to be identified by their first names only because their asylum cases are pending., "Some migrant children are reunited with parents as Trump administration misses court deadline," 11 July 2018 Apartment manager verifies Shayne Holland's residency In the video, Holland and the manager can be heard casually greeting each other by their first names. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "A video showing alleged racial profiling in Indianapolis went viral. This is the fallout.," 11 July 2018 In this borough measuring less than a half a square mile, residents once addressed officers by their first names. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Killing highlights what can happen when relationship between residents, officers deteriorates," 25 June 2018 His foster parents, Coryn and Silas — who asked to be identified only by their first names to protect the privacy of the immigrant children staying in their Michigan home — try their best to comfort him. Liz Goodwin,, "Down on the border, a new trail of tears," 10 June 2018 Edd Roush won the National League batting title, hit 12 triples and refused to sell the second D in his first name for $1 million. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: Lucky? Good? These Cincinnati Reds are probably both.," 11 July 2018 An earlier version of this article incorrectly spelled his first name as John. Jacob M. Schlesinger, WSJ, "This Time Around, Chinese Consumer Products Would Face Tariffs," 11 July 2018 In some cases, women asked that their first names also be redacted., "'I'm asking God every day for us to be together again soon'," 3 July 2018 The sisters, Mariel and Audrey, asked that The Star use only their first names. Max Londberg, kansascity, "KC-area bouncers wrongly imprisoned women, suit says. They settle for $1 million," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of first name

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of first name

: the name that comes first in someone's full name

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